Action Alerts

U.S. Govt Announces Plans to Toughen Up on Workplace Safety for Ag

Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information This week, the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Labor (DOL) announced that they jointly intend to more strictly enforce environmental and worker safety laws in the coming year with agriculture being an industry where much of their attention will focus. The three laws the agencies will utilize in their efforts are the […] Read more...

GAO Says EPA Was Acting Illegally in Promoting WOTUS Rule

Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) ruled that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to promote the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and generate public support for the rule during the rule making process was technically illegal.  During the rule making process, the EPA maintained an aggressive social media campaign in an effort to […] Read more...

USDA Releases Final Rule on Actively Engaged Definition

Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On December 15th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it had finalized its rule on payment eligibility based on the definition of “actively engaged.”  The Secretary of Agriculture implemented the rule based on a provision of the 2014 farm bill which suggested the Secretary establish rules on payment eligibility based on the level […] Read more...

New WASDE Report Keeps Bears Around

Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) Report offered little optimism to farmers hoping to see an uptick in commodity prices.  The report changed little from the November report except for a 2 percent reduction in estimated cotton production for the 2015 crop year, which was mostly due to weather in the Carolina […] Read more...

Congress Still in Search of Funding Bill Agreement

Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information Congress missed its December 11th deadline for approving an omnibus appropriation bill to fund government agencies for the remainder of the 2016 fiscal year, but they approved a five day continuing resolution that gives them a few more days to attempt to complete the required work.  It’s likely another short term continuing resolution may be […] Read more...
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